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The Chairman (1969)

M | | Action, Drama, Thriller | July 1969 (UK)
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the US government sends a scientist to China to steal the formula for a new agricultural enzyme developed by the Chinese.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Jay Richard Kennedy (novel), Ben Maddow (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... John Hathaway
Anne Heywood ... Kay Hanna
Arthur Hill ... Shelby
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Benson
Conrad Yama Conrad Yama ... The Chairman
Zienia Merton ... Ting Ling
Ori Levy ... Shertov
Ric Young ... Yin (as Eric Young)
Burt Kwouk ... Chang Shou
Alan White Alan White ... Gardner
Keye Luke ... Professor Soong Li
Francesca Tu ... Soong Chu (as Francisca Tu)
Mai Ling Mai Ling ... Stewardess
Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ... U.S. Airforce Sergeant
Robert Lee ... Hotel Night Manager
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Storyline

An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme. What he is not told by his bosses is that a micro-sized bomb has been planted in his brain so that should the mission ever look likely to fail, he can be eliminated at the push of a button! Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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"This is it. They're finally together. Right now we can detonate our explosive and destroy the Chairman." See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$4,915,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1969, the airline used at the beginning was Malaysia-Singapore Airlines (MSA) which came into being in 1966 as a result of a joint ownership of the airline by the governments of Malaysia and Singapore. The airline ceased operations after 6 years in 1972 when both governments decided to set up their own national airlines. (Source Wikipedia) See more »

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As John Hathaway is making his escape from China, he's seen driving a British army scout car. See more »

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Forgiven
12 December 2006 | by gzh50See all my reviews

I am interested in Hollywood movies about China all the time. 55 Days in Beijing, Seven Years in Tibet, Red Corner... I happened to see the Chairman and bought it without any hesitation. But, it turned out to be a complete disappointment not because performance and scenery but true China. In fact, I hate Mao's dictatorship in Red China, however, apparently, American people didn't and could't know much about Red China in 1969. In this movie, the starting music made me believe it was about Japan, what's worse, the Japanese-style-music was all through the movie. And, in 1969, Americans could not find anyone who can speak Mandarine well. What they could find was some Hong Kong-accent guys whose Mandarine made me confused and giggle. When I saw the Chairman, I realized the worst part began. Mao Zedong became much shorter and less-arrogant. He spoke English! Others Mandarine. From the very beginning, I could not find any clues about China Mainland. Everything was falsed too bad. I wondered if you shot the movie without getting a Chinese as a history adviser.


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